Pilot Fire

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Pilot Fire

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Approximate Location

34.288 latitude, -117.251 longitude

Incident Overview

Pilot Rock Ridge

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The Pilot Fire burned 8110 acres and was declared controlled on December 16, 2016 as a result of significant rainfall.

The Pilot Fire started at about 12:10 pm on Sunday August 7, 2016 near the Miller Canyon OHV area off of Highway 138. During the fire, the Forest Service was in Unified Command with CALFIRE, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department other cooperating agencies include California Highway Patrol, California Office of Emergency Services, San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services, Bureau of Land Management, CALTRANS and Southern California Edison.

RESPONSIBLE DRONE USE: While drones have not been seen over the Pilot Fire, fire managers would like to remind the public that hobby drones, or (UAS) unmanned aircraft systems, pose a major safety threat to firefighting pilots and firefighters. When a hobby drone is flown into a fire area, incident commanders have no choice but to suspend air operations and ground aircraft until the drone is removed from the area.

Temporary Flight Restrictions are in effect over the Pilot Fire Area

As hobby drones have grown in popularity, we have seen an increase in these drones interfering with firefighting operations. A collision could easily result in major damage to our aircraft, injuries to the pilot and crew on board as well as firefighters below, and worse, a midair collision.

When drones interfere with firefighting efforts, a wildfire has the potential to grow larger and cause more damage. On most wildfires, an FAA Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is put into effect and any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges.

For more information on drones the public can visit the FAA’s website at www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday August 07th, 2016 approx. 12:15 PM
LocationNear Hesperia, Deer Lodge Park, Lake Arrowhead and Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area
Incident CommanderRene Vanderhooft (USFS)
Incident DescriptionWildfire On The San Bernardino National Forest

Current Situation

Size8,110 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Chaparral, grass, timber (primarily pinyon)with litter and understory

Significant Events

Minimal, smoldering


Planned Actions

at 8:00 a.m. December 16, 2016 fire officials declared the fire fully controlled.


Unit Information

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San Bernardino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
602 South Tippecanoe Avenue San Bernardino California 92408
San Bernardino, CA 92408

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